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Wednesday, June 09, 2010

Ono Ruri-ga-hama


Ono-cho, just north of Tokoname on the Chita Peninsula, south of Nagoya, was once a thriving port during and after the Kamakura Period in the 14th century. On the route from Mikawa to Ise, the area had a castle (now Shiroyama Park), and the many wooden, latticed buildings and numerous temples bear witness to a bygone age.

Ono Ruri-ga-hama

The temples include Kaionji, Sainenji and Juodo - all set in the quite narrow lanes behind the seafront.

The local beach - Ono Ruri-ga-hama - is claimed as the world's oldest sea bathing beach, but on what evidence, I have no idea.

Ono Ruri-ga-hama

The beach is crowded with bathers in July and August, but when we visited, less than a dozen people were paddling or wind-surfing.

The nearest station is Ono-machi Station, one stop south of Shinmaiko on the Meitestu Tokoname Line. National highway 155 passes through the town. Blue Sun Beach in Shinmaiko is another popular beach for people living in the Nagoya area.

Ono Ruri-ga-hama Aichi

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